Karl Rove Seizing Control Of GOP

Karl Rove Rolling Stone‘s Tom Dickinson says Bush’s former strategist is secretly seizing control of the GOP – and amassing $135 million to destroy the Democrats. Let’s hope this legend’s comeback ends like most do: lots of hype and promises resulting in abject, humiliating failure:

One afternoon in late April, Karl Rove welcomed an elite group of conservative political operatives and moneymen into his home in Washington, D.C. Along with his protégé Ed Gillespie, who succeeded him as George W. Bush’s top political adviser, Rove had gathered together the heavyweights of the GOP’s fundraising network. In attendance were the political director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the leaders of two new megadollar campaign groups loyal to Rove: American Crossroads and the American Action Network. Rove’s plan was straightforward: to seize control of the party from Michael Steele, whose leadership of the Republican National Committee was imploding in the wake of a fundraiser at a lesbian bondage club. By building a war chest of unregulated campaign cash – an unprecedented $135 million to be raised by these three groups alone – Rove would be able to wage the midterm elections on his own terms: electing candidates loyal to the GOP’s wealthiest donors and corporate patrons. With the media’s attention diverted by the noisy revolt being waged by the Tea Party, the man known as “Bush’s brain” was staging a stealthier but no less significant coup of the Republican Party.

“What they’ve cooked up is brilliant,” says a prominent Democrat. “Evil, but brilliant.”

Rove and Gillespie, who effectively ran the Republican Party throughout the past decade, recognized that Steele’s weakness represented an opportunity to stage a quiet comeback. But taking control of the party, they knew, would require a new kind of political machine. The Supreme Court, in its recent decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending by corporations and individuals. But the court left in place strict limits on contributions to party committees – and it preserved the legal firewall that bars campaigns from coordinating directly with the outside groups now empowered to spend millions on their behalf.

That’s where Rove and Gillespie come in. As free-agent strategists, they are in a unique position to skirt such prohibitions and coordinate all parts of the GOP – both inside and outside the official party structure – because they’re not officially in charge of any of it. In the run-up to November, they will be the ones ensuring that the many tentacles of the court-sanctioned shadow party – from startups like American Crossroads to stalwarts like the National Rifle Association – operate in concert…

[continues at Rolling Stone]

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  • 5by5

    I think what it comes down to is this. Are you going to be suckered by some corporate hack marketing campaign, or are you going to vote things like conscience, honor, national interest, human rights, neighborhood, etc.

    Truth be told, the mega corps can throw gobs of money at a whore like Rove who’ll then throw it into a warped propaganda campaign, but that only works insofar as we buy into it.

    If we simply recognize how completely full of shite Rove and or his minions are and vote the other way, he’s irrelevant. His donors are irrelevant.

    I just don’t buy the argument that average people can’t overcome these power systems of the elitist few. I don’t buy it, because I’ve personally watched things like the Berlin Wall come down. The media will try to tell you that you should credit that event to one silly speech Reagan gave that every other President gave, and which caused a collective yawn in Germany. They tell you that because they are trying to disempower you. The real lesson of that event is that PEOPLE – ordinary, average people, acting together can create MASSIVE, fundamental change. It NEVER starts at the top. It always grows from the bottom.

    Rove needs to learn one word: Custer.

    We outnumber you.

  • 5by5

    I think what it comes down to is this. Are you going to be suckered by some corporate hack marketing campaign, or are you going to vote things like conscience, honor, national interest, human rights, neighborhood, etc.

    Truth be told, the mega corps can throw gobs of money at a whore like Rove who'll then throw it into a warped propaganda campaign, but that only works insofar as we buy into it.

    If we simply recognize how completely full of shite Rove and or his minions are and vote the other way, he's irrelevant. His donors are irrelevant.

    I just don't buy the argument that average people can't overcome these power systems of the elitist few. I don't buy it, because I've personally watched things like the Berlin Wall come down. The media will try to tell you that you should credit that event to one silly speech Reagan gave that every other President gave, and which caused a collective yawn in Germany. They tell you that because they are trying to disempower you. The real lesson of that event is that PEOPLE – ordinary, average people, acting together can create MASSIVE, fundamental change. It NEVER starts at the top. It always grows from the bottom.

    Rove needs to learn one word: Custer.

    We outnumber you.

  • 5by5

    I think what it comes down to is this. Are you going to be suckered by some corporate hack marketing campaign, or are you going to vote things like conscience, honor, national interest, human rights, neighborhood, etc.

    Truth be told, the mega corps can throw gobs of money at a whore like Rove who'll then throw it into a warped propaganda campaign, but that only works insofar as we buy into it.

    If we simply recognize how completely full of shite Rove and or his minions are and vote the other way, he's irrelevant. His donors are irrelevant.

    I just don't buy the argument that average people can't overcome these power systems of the elitist few. I don't buy it, because I've personally watched things like the Berlin Wall come down. The media will try to tell you that you should credit that event to one silly speech Reagan gave that every other President gave, and which caused a collective yawn in Germany. They tell you that because they are trying to disempower you. The real lesson of that event is that PEOPLE – ordinary, average people, acting together can create MASSIVE, fundamental change. It NEVER starts at the top. It always grows from the bottom.

    Rove needs to learn one word: Custer.

    We outnumber you.

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